September 3, 2012

S&S Comic Masters: Enrique Alcatena

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If you’re looking for some of the most unrelievedly  grim and bad-ass representations of Conan the Cimmerian, check out the art of Enrique Alcatena

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This Argentian artist worked on Conan the Savage in the early 90s, in  addition to doing work for the British F&SF magazine Starblazer and many other projects for DC, Marvel, and European publishers.

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Alcatena’s work often dips into surrealist inspirations, and the guy is a masterful chameleon when it comes to  adding real cultural/historical details, be it African, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Arabian or Tibetan.  In sheer delirious detail, Alcatena’s art reminds me of Philippe Druillet’s.

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In one Conan the Savage story, he outfits Conan with a Villanovan-style helmet, a design I very rarely see in fantasy illustration but looks extremely cool. 

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His rendition of a Japanese setting and characters could be mistaken for the work of a manga artist like Kentaro Miura!

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Hindu-Buddhist mythology seems to have exercised a strong attraction for Alcatena, as evinced in his Shankar series loosely based on a Buddhist reincarnation story.

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Recently he and Ashok Banker collaborated to adapt Banker’s Prince of Ayodhya series, a retelling of the Ramayana, into a graphic novel.

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Alcatena maintains a blog in Spanish, here’s a link to the Google translation (English).

All images used here save miniature photo © Enrique Alcatena.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! Thank you for the pics and the link! This is really great stuff! :D

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  2. Glad you liked them. I'm hoping Alcatena will someday do a graphic novel based on Tanith Lee's Tale of the Flat Earth!

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